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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    C+
Great Falls is a suburb of Washington, D.C. with a population of 15,394. Great Falls is in Fairfax County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Great Falls offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Great Falls there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Residents of Great Falls tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Great Falls are highly rated.
About Great Falls...
Population
15,394

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,133,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$3,152
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    4%
  • Own
    96%
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Great Falls Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    6%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    19%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    47%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    11%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Great Falls

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$228,836
National
$55,322

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Great Falls Reviews

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Great fallsis a lovely, nice place to live. It is very family friendly and the people and the community is very nice. No one really bothers anyone else and it is really very peaceful, calm, and quiet. There are a lot of families, but most of the children stay indoors. Rarely do you see children playing outside very often. The trees are especially nice and the surrounding area of brush is bright and lush in the spring and summer. It is also wonderful to see the trees change colors in the fall and in the winter, snow covered trees are beautiful. It looks like a holiday greeting card!
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I've lived in Great Falls for a while and it's pretty ok. Great Falls has no governing body, and all of the neighborhoods are connected into one with a plaza in the middle. So, its basically a bedroom community for DC. Everyone here has a very country-club type lifestyle, and it is very hard to find a social group here if you do not have that type lifestyle. My family does not belong to a country club, and because of this we are seldom included in social events. As a teenager, it's nice to be ten minutes away from DC, because I honestly prefer the atmosphere there. Anyway, Great Falls in kind of like a typical suburbia with a weird ultra-rich culture. The nature and scenery is great, especial Great Falls park. The general vibe is a mixture between sleepy and rich new york social scene. It's very odd.
We lived 11 years in Great Falls and still own a home there in the hope of returning one day. Fantastic location, close to DC and the Reston/Tysons Corner corridor, very green/close to nature, very pleasant and with a great community feel. You can't beat the Concerts on the green, the 4th of July parade and all the community events. Great schools too. And it hasn't changed much over the years. Just love this place!